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Radioactive waste leaking from six tanks at Washington state nuclear site

An area of Columbia River, known as Hanford Reach, near nuclear reservation [DOE handout photo]SEATTLE (Reuters) - Six underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation along the Columbia River in Washington state were recently found to be leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to human health, state and federal officials said on Friday.

The seeping waste adds to decades of soil contamination caused by leaking storage tanks at Hanford in the past and threatens to further taint groundwater below the site but poses no near-term danger of polluting the Columbia River, officials said. READ MORE

BNRC co-director David McCallen new UCOP associate vice president


We are pleased to announce the appointment of David McCallen as the associate vice president, Laboratory Programs, in the Lab Management Office. David will lead the university’s oversight of the scientific and mission programs at Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National laboratories, as well as other contractual responsibilities to the Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). David will be joining the university in his new role on January 16.

Read more: BNRC co-director David McCallen new UCOP associate vice president

Training a new generation of nuclear scientists and engineers at the BNRC a success

VujicThe University of California Berkeley Nuclear Research Center (BNRC) is considered a success by the UC Office of the President (UCOP). NSSC's Program Director, Professor Jasmina Vujic, is also the Director of the BNRC. The center was formed in January 2009 with financial support through the UCOP with the goal to increase collaborations among UC faculty and their students, and scientists and engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Graduate student, Vladmir Mozin, participated in the program and is now a staff researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  

Read more  about Vladmir's training at the BNRC. 

UCB NE Students Win Poster Prize at BERC Innovation Expo!

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative - BERC ( held its annual "Energy Week in Berkeley" from October 15-18, 2012. In addition to lectures and panels, the Innovation Expo showcased was organized where UC Berkeley students were invited to submit their energy-related ideas in form of posters. This year’s Expo featured 70 original research posters from UC Berkeley, LBNL, and Stanford University, as well as over 25 presenting companies, national labs, and the Department of Energy. New to the Expo this year was a video competition, which challenged students to present their research in a simple way in just 2 minutes. The NE students submitted 3 posters and 1 video input

Poster prizes:

Video prize:
2nd prize: Lakshana Huddar, "Roadmap for the development of Fluoride salt cooled High temperature Reactors".

The poster by Anselmo T. Cinseros and  Nicolas Zweibaum, "Enhanced Safety Features of Fluoride Salt Cooled High Temperature Reactors (FHR)" did not received any prize, but was another excellent contribution by our students!


Dean of College Engineering Celebrates with NE Faculty

The Dean of the College of Engineering, S. Shankar Sastry, celebrates with the Nuclear Engineering faculty on the decommissioning of the Rotating Target Neutron Source (RTNS), a tool for investigating radiation damage in fusion materials. 
Dean Sastry with the current NE Chair Prof. Kar van Bibber, and two former NE Chairs Prof. Per Peterson and Prof. Jasmina Vujic:

Dean Sastry, Prof. Peterson, Prof. Vujic and NE Chair van Bibber   Dean Sastry, Prof. Peterson, Prof. Vujic and NE Chair van Bibber   Prof. Peterson, Prof. Vujic and NE Chair van Bibber

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